Research Associate in Robot Reliability and Safety

University of Sheffield - Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 30 June 2018.

This post provides a rare opportunity to contribute to the emerging science of making intelligent robots reliable, ethical, trustworthy and safe to use. Indirectly the project will address the problem of how future robots convert, rather than take away, jobs and hence increase productivity. As Research Associate you will apply models and techniques to robot deployment in agricultural, industrial inspection and transport applications to make them more reliable and safe. You will also develop robust and appropriate research methodologies in order to address the research objectives and to ensure useful results are achieved in the EPSRC project on “Verifiable Autonomy”. You will help to disseminate the research findings through publication in high quality journals.

You should hold a PhD in any relevant area of computer science, applied mathematics or engineering, such as control systems, electrical engineering, image processing, computer vision, learning systems, simulations, formal methods, statistical methods, etc. Experience in one of the following professional skills areas is also required: (1) MATLAB/Simulink use in control systems, (2) symbolic computation on computers, (3) C++/ROS programming in Linux, (4) UAV hardware maintenance and operations, (5) robot arm programming, (6) circuit board design and build(7) automotive control and safety systems or any comparable proficiency.

You will have an opportunity to build on your own research experience and strength and will contribute to Sheffield’s reputations as the leading centre of control system science and systems engineering for robotics.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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